See the reds
While it’s the big hitters and accurate pitchers that make the sports headlines, the Cincinnati Reds are also winning big inside the office suite, thanks to the Flyers achieving their own dreams.
“I was definitely a fan growing up,” said Amy Bretnitz Calo ’06, who attended school just 10 minutes from the Great American Ballpark. “I always thought it would be super cool to work for them.”
Calo, a visual communication design student at UD, is one of at least 10 Flyers who have worked for the Reds in recent years, involved in everything from computer programming to marketing. She recently completed a 13-year tenure as a Reds graphic designer beginning in 2008. In his role, Calo created everything from game programs and tickets to billboards and baseball cards.
“Seeing my work in the hands of the fans was really exciting.”
“Seeing my work in the hands of the fans was really exciting – being at the games and seeing all these fans with the bobbleheads, knowing that I did the box art,” Calo shared when talking about his favorite part of the job. .
While at UD, Calo helped organize Christmas on campus and worked at the Bombeck Family Learning Center. She also met her future husband, Christopher Calo ’06.
“He was starting to fail his first semester religion class, but he dropped it and ended up in my second semester of class,” Calo said.
Calo left the organization this summer to spend more time with his children, but said: “It was kind of where the paths aligned. I had the ability to do what I love, which is graphic design for my hometown team.
For Rob Butcher ’85, it was a similar story. Originally from Ohio, Butcher grew up watching the Reds during the era of the Big Red Machine, the nickname given to the team in the 1970s.
“Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, Tony Pérez, Dave Concepción, Pete Rose – they were the best team in baseball in 1975 and 1976. It’s pretty cool now because I know all these guys personally,” Butcher explained. grew up watching and emulating them, and now Johnny Bench is on my cell phone.”
Butcher was able to practice his best Bench imitation playing baseball for the Flyers in 1984 and 1985 after transferring to UD his sophomore year.
Since the Reds 1997, Butcher has served as vice president of media relations. As the primary contact for anyone trying to reach Reds players, Butcher said his favorite part of the job is being involved with the team every day. (In fact, first baseman Joey Votto stopped by Butcher’s office to chat during Butcher’s interview with UD Magazine)
Butcher said he knew his career path was sealed as soon as he walked in and was greeted by a wicket in the small front desk of his first baseball job. “I knew I would spend the rest of my life in baseball, and I did,” he said.
“I knew I would spend the rest of my life in baseball, and I did.”
Like Butcher, 2011 UD grad Brendan Hader grew up watching the Reds. A Cincinnati native, Hader said he has been attending Reds games for as long as he can remember. After starting as a communications intern for the 2012 season, UD journalism student Hader worked her way up to a full-time job. He is now communications manager for the team, writing articles for the Reds website. and other team publications.
Hader’s love of writing dates back to his early days as a writer for News flyers, where he started as a freshman. He was the sports editor his senior year and did a sports radio show with his older brother, Ryan Hader ’09.
“Over the years, I’ve been able to talk to just about every guy that I would have liked to be with as a fan,” he said.
Hader shared that he often receives messages from current Flyers asking about his work and said he loves helping them. And he always keeps an eye out for the Flyers who could help him, including one particular graduate who serves as his inspiration.
“I listen to the Dan Patrick Show every day, and he’s a Dayton alumni (Class of ’79),” he said. “I think he’s one of the best athlete interviewers…so I try to take a bit of what he does and improve myself a bit.”
Whether it’s in a story they’ve written or a bobblehead they’ve designed, these Flyers relish the opportunity to share their love of the Reds with fellow fans.